Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
June 29, 2015, Monday Saints Peter and Paul
Read: Acts 12:1-11 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18 Mt 16:13-19
“Herod proceeded to arrest Peter also. He had him taken into custody and put in prison under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each.” (Acts 12:3-4)
We celebrate the memory of the two greatest evangelists and apostles of all time. They were the fundamental pillars upon which Christianity was initiated: St. Peter and St. Paul.
This incident about Peter recounted in the Book of Acts is very interesting. One of the three Herods the New Testament made infamous — Herod Agripa — after having ordered the death of the apostle James, ordered the arrest of Peter to ingratiate himself with the Jewish leadership.
“The angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the cell… saying, ‘Get up quickly’… ‘Put on your belt and your sandals’… ‘Put on your cloak and follow me.’ ” (Acts 12:7-8) And the angel led Peter out of the jail.
When morning came, there was great confusion among the soldiers, for they did not know what had happened to Peter — nor did they understand that the Lord was at his side.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 64:2 “O God, hear my anguished voice; from the foes I dread protect my life.”
St. Peter, d. 64 in Rome; Galilean fisherman; spokesman for the Twelve who became “Prince of the Apostles;” wrote two epistles; patron of all fishermen.
St. Paul, d. 67 in Rome; Pharisee who became the “Apostle to the Gentiles;” responsible for much of the Christian Scriptures; patron of all lay ministers, Cursillo, Catholic Action, and the national patron of Malta and Greece.
Both are mentioned in the first Eucharistic Prayer. Sts. Peter and Paul, Pray for us!
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 24th to the 30th of June
Trusting in God’s Mercy towards us, we cry out to Him:
Lord, hear our prayer.
- Parenting is an essential Christian task, making the domestic Church holy. Help us in our endeavor to be good Christian parents. Lord, hear our prayer.
- Spiritual infirmities are far more serious, and more deadly, than physical ones. Please, Lord, heal us in our illness. Lord, hear our prayer.
- The message of salvation is open to all people if they respond to it. Help us to be responsive to your invitation to conversion and change. Lord, hear our prayer.
- The Good News is the message of salvation — through sacrifice and the cross — in the love of Jesus Christ. Help us to pick up our crosses every day. Lord, hear our prayer.
- The fervor of the Gospel calls us to go to great lengths to preach the Word and to convert the world to Christ. Give us the conviction… and the fervor. Lord, hear our prayer.
- Evil is enticing because of the lie, and because so many voices clamor for evil’s rights in our world. Help us to fight the temptation to ‘give in’ to the clamor. Lord, hear our prayer.
Add you own petitions
OUR PRAYER: We give you thanks, Lord, for hearing us once again. We know you are always with us, guiding us, and keeping us. Grant us our needs, please. We ask this through Christ our LORD. AMEN.